How Sydney beat a heatwave at Bondi Beach’s Astra Hotel

heat wave 1945

As Sydney sweltered in yesterday’s heat-wave hotels were popular. This was the scene at 1 pm in the Astra Hotel, Bondi. Average success of thirsty drinkers in the crowded bar was two drinks per hour.

– The Sydney Sun Sunday 4 November 1945.

The Astra Hotel, Bondi, 1949. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University

For a history of the Astra Hotel, and more pictures, visit the Time Gents’ story here.


If you would like to support my work, you can leave a small tip here of $2, or several small tips, just increase the amount as you like. Your generous patronage of my work and research, however small it appears to you, will greatly help me with my continuing costs.


Categories: NSW hotels, Sydney hotels


What's Your Thoughts?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: